By Catherine Keyser

ISBN-10: 0813547865

ISBN-13: 9780813547862

ISBN-10: 0813551781

ISBN-13: 9780813551784

Smart ladies, refined girls, savvy writers . . . Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, Anita bathrooms, Lois lengthy, Jessie Fauset, sunrise Powell, Mary McCarthy, and others imagined long island as a spot the place they can declare expert prestige, outline city independence, and shrug off confining female roles. it would be stated that in the Twenties and Thirties those literary artists painted town pink at the pages of magazines like Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. Playing Smart, Catherine Keyser's homage to their literary genius, is an enthralling occasion in their motives and careers.

Through humor writing, this "smart set" expressed each side of the story-promoting their urbanity and wit whereas utilizing irony and comic strip to problem female stereotypes. Their fiction raised questions on what it intended to be a girl within the public eye, how gender roles may swap simply because women and men have been operating jointly, and the way the expansion of the journal might have an effect on women's relationships to their our bodies and minds. Keyser presents a fresh and informative chronicle, saluting the worth of being "smart" as incisive and cutting edge humor confirmed off the wit and ability of girls writers and satirized the myth global created via magazines.

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